Re: Why aren't more indigenous companies creating figures of their armed forces?
There's Zvezda doing 1/48 and 1/72, they are a good company for model kits, just like DML, but just because one company is good at making model kits does not means it's good at making 1/6, or at least at the standards currently on the market.
Take for example the Armoury Russian, that's the last boxed modern Russian I remember, and yet the uniform's tailoring leaves much to be desired, same thing with DML, their model kits are OK, but they really can't get their picattiny rials right, ever, but take the recent AK/M16 combo kit and I can say it's probably one of the best AK's for the price, and the M16s are great too, but the last figure I bought was Ilya I think, with the PTRD, the uniform was bad to OK, and the sculpt left much to be desired, yet the PPS-43 and PTRD are quite cool.
All that is because tailoring and painting are skilled labor, and require time and skills not readily available in many countries.
For example, If i was to found a company and start to produce 1/6 Mexicans, the tailoring skills would be there, the manufacturing skills would be there, but the painting skills for the sculpt, and the sculptors themselves would take the most time to come up to par with what's out there (and besides, who else wants 1/6 Mexicans?, I'm not even sure there is a market here because of purchase power) irregardless:
when there is a will,
there is a way,
but with out the skill,
you may lead yourself astray.
I used to be a collector, then I took a paycut to the knee.